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The Power of COLOR

How should you decide on a color for your room?  Ask yourself these questions:

~What is the main purpose of this room?  Entertaining, family time, sleeping?

~What colors DON’T you like.  Yes, you read that correctly.  By eliminating the colors you don’t like, you will narrow down the color choices.

~Do you have an inspiration piece?  Is there a rug or a piece of art that you will be using in this room?  You can select colors from these pieces for your room color.

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Color has the power to convey and communicate meanings and messages without words.

Why do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Color—whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place.

The “buzz” about color is usually called “color psychology.” But the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Color use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “color and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to color, but the importance of color is often underestimated. Color use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

 

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men.  Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains often wear black.  Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery.

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White symbolizes innocence, wholeness, completion and purity.  White is a neutral, it goes with everything.  Brides wear white to symbolize purity.  Doctors and nurses wear it to symbolize sterility.

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Red

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent.  Red is the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination.

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Pink

The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing.  The color psychology of pink is unconditional love and nurturing.  Pink can also be immature, silly and girlish.  Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

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Orange is the color of social communication and optimism.  Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination.  As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite.

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Yellow

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention-getter.  While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more.  It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused.  Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads.  It also speeds metabolism.  With the meaning of colors, in color psychology, yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect.  It is optimistic and cheerful. However it can also suggest impatience, criticism and cowardice.

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Green is currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature.  It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision.  Green is a calming, refreshing color.  People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax.  Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients.  Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility.  Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.  Green is the color of balance and growth.
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Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors.  It causes the opposite reaction as red.  Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms.  Blue can also be cold and depressing.  Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.  People are more productive in blue rooms.  Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.  Blue is the color of trust and peace.  It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.  While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing, blue food is rare in nature.

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Purple

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication.  It is also feminine and romantic.  However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.  Purple is the color of the imagination.  It can be creative and individual or immature and impractical.

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Brown

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature.  Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather.  Brown can also be sad and wistful.  Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.  The color brown is a friendly yet serious, down-to-earth color that relates to security, protection, comfort and material wealth.

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Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph.  Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige ans sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

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Silver has a feminine energy, it is related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides.  It is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious.  Silver is associated with meanings of industrial, sleek, high-tech, and modern, as well as ornate, glamorous, graceful, sophisticated, and elegant.  Silver is a precious metal and often symbolizes riches and wealth.

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Selecting the color for your room is a personal decision, and such an important one!  Adding color can create a feeling or set the mood. DrapeStyle makes adding accent colors to your room easy.   Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows are great ways to add color to any room.  At DrapeStyle, you can order samples of any of our fabrics, and see how they look in your own home.  Need a little advice? Contact us and we would be happy to help you.  DrapeStyle has been awarded Best of Houzz in Customer Service, three years in a row.  We love helping our customers design their dream drapes.

For over a decade, everything at DrapeStyle has been custom made, on site, in the USA.  Read why DrapeStyle’s manufacturing standards are some of the highest in the industry.  With each member of our production team with over 25 years of experience, you will receive the highest quality workmanship available anywhere.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, we think you’ll be pleased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Width?

What is a “Width”?  This is probably the question I am asked most often from customers.

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You ordered fabric samples.  You taped the fabric samples to your wall next to the window.  You lived with those samples taped to your wall for two weeks, and finally decided on a color.  Now you’re ready to order your drapes.

Quantity, check.  Fabric, check.  Pleat, check.  Length, check.  Width…..width?  Do I need 1 width?  2 and a half widths?  What IS a width?

You are online, ordering drapes and you hit a snag.  What is a “width”?  This is the question I am asked most often.  A width refers to the width of the fabric used to make a drape or curtain.  Usually, when you roll the fabric off a bolt, it is about 54″ wide.  1 width starts out at 54″ wide.  The sewing begins by gathering and tacking the pleat.  Then we create 1 1/2″ side hems with blind stitching.  Then we sew 3 1/2″ overlaps-you want the drapes to overlap in the center, so light does not shine through.

 

 

These pictures are examples of drapes that do not have overlaps, they are not wide enough to completely close:

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DrapeStyle also creates 3 1/2″ returns-a return is a piece of fabric at the end of the drape that returns back to the wall so that light does not shine through the sides.  So what started as a 54″ wide piece of fabric, is now a 26″ wide drape with French Pleats.

Here are some examples of returns:

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So based on all of these details, NOW how many widths do I need?

 

DrapeStyle has this easy formula we use to determine width:

Length of drapery rod (in inches) + 16″ = X

X divided by the # of drapes = how many inches wide each drape should be.

 

Ask yourself how wide is your window?  Or better yet, how wide is the drapery rod you are going to hang your drapes on?  If your window is 48″ wide, you will probably want to extend the drapery rod at least 4″ on both sides of the window.  So your finish width is 56″.

Take the finished width, 56″, and add 16″ to account for hems and overlaps.  56″ plus 16″ equals 72″.

Take this number, 72″, and divide it by the number of drapes you would like.  Usually the number of drapes is 2.  So 72″ divided by 2 equals 36″. You want each drape to be at least 36″ wide.  This will ensure that the drapes will have adequate coverage and it will be 2 times fullness.  Fullness refers to the additional fabric needed to make the pleats full and rich looking.  At DrapeStyle, we think that 2 times fullness looks great.  You want your drapes to look, full, luxurious, and rich looking.  Not wimpy, and you certainly want to be sure that the drapes are made wide enough to close.  After all, you paid for the drapes to block out light and add a little privacy, right?

 

Here’s a chart to help you:

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Or, when you are entering your information online, next to the width you select, it will tell you how wide the drape will be:

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Bottom line, DON’T SWEAT IT!

We are here to help you figure out all of the details so that we can create your dream drapes!  Contact us and tell us your window measurements and we’ll do the rest.  DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction award, three years in a row.  We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade, by women with an average of 25 years experience.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.
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DRAPESTYLE awarded Best of Houzz

 

DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona  Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016  

Over 35 Million Monthly Users Nominated the Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals from Around the World

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DRAPESTYLE of Phoenix, Arizona has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The industry leader of custom draperies and Roman Shades for over a decade was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize DRAPESTYLE, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow DrapeStyle on Houzz, or visit the DrapeStyle website: www.drapestyle.com

 

 

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About DRAPESTYLE

At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, pillows and roman shades available anywhere and delivering the best value to our customers since 2002.  Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer.  After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, pillows and roman shades for over a decade.

 

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DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.  On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel, professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features:

Value Pricing: When you purchase your window treatments from DrapeStyle you can be confident that you are getting the absolute best value anywhere:

  • Perfect Length, Same Price. At DrapeStyle you can select most drapery from 84″ to 105″ lengths for no additional charge.
  • Six Pleat Styles – One Price. Choose from French Pleat, Inverted Pleat, Rod-Pocket, Rod-Pocket with Flange or Parisian Pleated Drapery for the same price. Grommets require an additional charge.
  • Premium Linings and Interlinings. Nothing makes drapery more luxurious than premium heavy-weight linings. At DrapeStyle we only use the finest linings and interlinings by Hanes.
  • Exclusive Luxurious Fabrics. We feature luxurious fabrics from some of the finest mills in North America, Europe and India, many of which are exclusive to DrapeStyle.
  • DrapeStyle Rewards. When you purchase your window treatments at DrapeStyle you are eligible to earn DrapeStyle Rewards Points which can be redeemed for custom pillows, drapery, accessories or nearly any product in our store.

 

 

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And our best quality feature, Our People. When you call DrapeStyle you’ll be speaking with a professionally trained designer, not a sales person. Our designers can help you determine the best fabrics, sizes and application for your project. We’ll even create a sketch for you if you need one. We LOVE to help our customers create the perfect window treatments for their home.  We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows for over a decade.  We think you’ll be pleased with the results.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

 

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Refresh

 

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How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?

I usually make two; one resolution I know I can keep, like, I vow to take a multivitamin everyday.  And the other is more of a goal.  This year, my “goal” is to clean out and organize my craft closet.  I have a craft closet, stuffed full of all things crafty; jewelry making stuff, pillow making stuff, party decorating stuff, sewing stuff, 4th of July decorations, St. Patty’s day decorations, floral arranging stuff… You get the point.  So I plan on cleaning out my closet, and reorganize everything so it’s easy to get to.  And I’m going to try and get my husband to clean out the garage.  And I think if we clean and purge enough, we might have enough “stuff” to hold a yard sale.

 

Resolve to Refresh…

If the New Year puts you in the same mind set; cleaning out and organizing, you may find that you want to update a few things around the house.  What about custom made window treatments and pillows?

Much like a well tailored suit, custom window treatments in the correct length and width, can make all the difference.  And DrapeStyle can help.  We’ve been making custom drapes and roman shades since 2002.  In any length and any width, we can create a look that’s just right for your home.  You know how good you look in a tailored outfit, if it fits good, you feel great.  It’s the same with window treatments.

Sure, you can purchase drapes at the department store in the lengths they want to sell.  Sure, you can go to the home store and purchase the same ready made roman shades your neighbors have.  Or you can get custom window treatments made in your choice of over 400 fabrics, 6 drapery pleat styles, 5 roman shade styles, and dozens of different trims, tassels, fringe and ribbon for that truly custom look.

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Need some inspiration?  Order our free catalog and you’ll be inspired by the designs, color pallets and attention to detail DrapeStyle puts into every order.  We have been making quality window treatments and pillows for over a decade.  Our design studio has a talented team of seamstresses that have, on average, 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the manufacturer, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle.  Each drape we make includes the same quality features, something we will continue to honor in the New Year.

 

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Need a little help?  Contact one of our design consultants and we’ll help you create a custom look for your home made from the highest quality fabrics and meticulous craftsmanship.  And at DrapeStyle, we take pride in being able to say our products are made right here in the USA.

So if you’re thinking about updating for the New Year, and you are thinking about silk, linen or cottondrapes, or roman shadespillows or hardware; DrapeStyle can help you create a custom, tailored, one of a kind window treatment that’s a perfect fit for your home.  What better way to ring in the New Year?

 

 

Happy Holidays from DrapeStyle!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from DrapeStyle!

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  Our customers.

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Without our customer’s support and confidence, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love doing most; making beautiful, luxurious custom window treatments for customers all over the world.  At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, roman shades and pillows, available anywhere. DrapeStyle makes each set of curtains and drapes to order in our Arizona Studio.

On average, our team members have over 25 years of experience in sewing the highest quality drapery for professional designers and discerning homeowners throughout the US and Canada.  When you buy your drapes at DrapeStyle, you are buying directly from the factory, nothing here is “ready made”.  Whether designing a home, restaurant or hotel; homeowners as well as professional designers put their trust in DrapeStyle and each drape we make includes the same quality features.

We have been delivering the best value to our customers since 2002, and look forward to many, many more years.  We at DrapeStyle would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a safe and happy holiday.

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So that our employees may spend the holiday with family and friends, DrapeStyle will be closed December 24th through 27th and December 31st through January 3rd.

We look forward to continuing to serve you in the New Year, with exceptional service, value and design.

Happy Holidays,
The Staff at DrapeStyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby It’s Cold Outside! DrapeStyle Can Help!

Winter’s coming…and according to the Farmer’s Almanac, you’d better stock up on long johns and firewood.  Especially if you’re east of the Rockies, predictions are, you are going to be hit hard!  Pair that with rising energy costs, and your monthly home heating costs could go through the roof!

Here are 7 things you can do to help combat a cold house and make your thermostat happy:

 

1. Add A Down Filled Comforter

Down has always been the preferred insulator when worn or for bundling up while sleeping.  Body heat is trapped between the little fluffs of down, creating a re-generating heat source that will keep you warm all night long.  There are different weight levels available-some are even available with dual-zone comforters for bed partners with different sleeping temperature preferences! The best down originates from birds from the coldest climates, such as Hungarian or Siberian geese.  Plus, using a duvet allows you to change your room’s look easily from season to season or from one style to another without having to reinvest in a quality insert. 

2. Use A Humidifier 

Cold, winter air is notoriously dry, often leaving your home’s humidity around 10%…far short of the ideal of 30-40%  Having the correct humidity levels not only provides additional warmth to a house, but it also has many other benefits such as reducing allergens, reducing the risk of furniture damage, and controlling static electricity.

3. Change The Direction Of Your Ceiling Fans 

Most fans spin and pull air up to the ceiling.  By simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan and pushing the rising heat back down into your living space, you can save as much as 10% on energy costs.  Ceiling too high to manually change blade direction?  This may be a good time to replace your fan with one with a built-in remote control.

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4. Reinforce Cold, Drafty Areas 

 Windows — Take a candle or incense stick to the window on a breezy day.  Move around the frame, inside and outside of the trim, and see if the smoke moves.  If it does, you have a draft spot.  Use paintable caulk for around the trim and silicone caulk outside if you can.  There are window weatherstrips available at most home improvement stores as well.  Insulating your window draperies can help keep the draft from entering the room as well.

Doors — The old, simple solution is a draft dodger-a fabric tube filled with sand or rice that lays along the bottom of your door.  Etsy has some fun and stylish options.  The best option, however, is to replace the weather stripping around your door, including the threshold strip. 

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5. Add Insulated Drapery Lining 

DrapeStyle can help with this one!  DrapeStyle offers insulated drapery lining, also called thermal lining, for all drapes and roman shades.  It’s common for drafts to come in around windows.  However, most pre-fabricated drapery panels available at most retailers, come with a simple, thin lining or with no lining at all.  DrapeStyle’s custom drapes and roman shades include lining! Let us help you select the interlining that’s best for your climate.  Interlining also adds body and weight to your drapes for a very luxurious, custom look. Our skilled workroom can add the following interlining to your drapes:

Flannel Interlining— Similar to the lightweight flannel sheets your grandma used, this supple lining goes between the face fabric and standard sateen lining.  Flannel interlining has been shown to reduce heat loss by 25%.

Bump Interlining— Originally used in Europe’s cold-climate country homes, bump interlining offers the most insulation for cold and sound.  It also gives a nice weight and drape to fine fabrics, such as silk.

6. Add Rugs To Bare Floors

Aside for the obvious (that rugs are warmer than tile or wood), wool rugs in particular are a natural insulator similar to down.  They’re hypoallergenic, provide moisture, and are incredibly durable.  Well-kept wool rugs can be handed down through generations.  Even better than an area rug would be wall-to-wall wool carpeting.

7. Get An Energy Audit

An inexpensive (often subsidized-check with your local electric company) professional test for air leaks, insulation levels and other thermal performance factors is the best way to learn where the cold is getting into your house.  They will give you tips and tricks to help keep the cold out, and often times will do the work themselves at a discounted fee.  Click here for more information on audits. 

 

So there you have it, 7 great ways to help keep the cold out this winter.  Or, you could always take up baking, not only will the heat from the oven heat up your home, but the baked goods you hand out to neighbors and co-workers will get you off of Santa’s naughty list!

 

 

Ideas for Dressing Tall Windows

It’s first thing in the morning, you pour yourself a cup of coffee, you turn around and who’s looking in your window staring you in the face?  Your neighbor.  Unless you don’t mind waving to your neighbor in your pajamas,  you need window treatments.  But if you have tall windows, what options are there?

Tall, dramatic windows can offer spectacular views and add height to a room.  But covering them is a whole other story.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is, do I need privacy, or are these window treatments going to be decorative.  If your neighbor is close enough to see what you are eating for dinner, then you probably want window treatments that offer privacy.  If you need full coverage, from the top of the window to the bottom, then consider drapes with privacy lining.  DrapeStyle has the ability to make any length drape.  Select a decorative fabric that complements your room, then simply draw the drapes closed when privacy is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you occasionally need the room darkened?  Roman shades with blackout lining is the answer. You can keep the shades raised most of the time for a more decorative look, and lower them when the time comes to enjoy a movie at home, or when the baby needs to take a nap.

 

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Do your tall windows offer an incredible view that you don’t want to obstruct?  Consider adding sheers to your windows.  DrapeStyle carries sheers in several different colors, style and fabrics so you are sure to find one that works for you.  Sheers can add drama and softness to a room, without breaking the bank.  Whether you are looking for a classic sheer or something more modern, DrapeStyle has plenty of reasonably priced sheers to choose from.

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Want to add a little color to your walls but keep your view?  Why not add long drapes to either side of the window?  A drape that is 1 or 2 widths wide might be just enough to add a little drama to your room.  You can add a decorator touch by using shorter drapery rods to hang your long drapes from.  DrapeStyle offers custom drapery hardware so you can order just the right size hardware, custom made for your windows.  And by using narrow drapes, you can save a little money.  Have you been eyeing a dramatic fabric but having it made into full width drapes might put you over your budget?  Decorative drapes are a great way to get that pop of color you want without breaking the bank.

If you really don’t want coverage but need protection form the sun, consider using UV window film on your windows.  It will cut down on glare and help protect your furnishings from the sun.

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Want to add more drama to your tall windows?  Bring the attention up with a band of contrasting fabric towards the top of the drape.  Need to ground things a bit?  Bring the attention down by adding a band of fabric to the bottom of your drape and your space will feel more cozy.

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Need a little help?  Feel free to contact us, we’re here to walk you through the process.  Drapes are an investment and we want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.  DrapeStyle has been in business since 2002 and we know drapes and curtains.  Our seamstresses each have, on average, 25 years of experience.  No detail is overlooked.  Check out our commercial projects for more examples of extra long drapes.

 

Made in the USA


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Veteran’s Day is this week and it reminds me how grateful I am to the men and women who have served this great country.  How proud I am to live in this great country.  How fortunate I am to live in this great country.  When my husband and I bought our first home 15 years ago, do you know what the first thing I bought was?  No, not drapes.  An American flag!  I couldn’t wait to fly an American flag outside my own home, I am so proud to be an American!

Which leads me into thinking about “Made in the USA”.  What exactly does that mean?  Does that really matter?

 

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapes, roman shades and pillows in the USA from the very start.  Why is this important?  We not only design here, we manufacturer here.  This means that DrapeStyle is able to control the quality of the products it produces.  The custom drapes and roman shades we produce right here in Arizona are of the highest quality in both fabric and workmanship.  I receive about two or three calls a week, from customers wanting to know where our drapes are made.  I’m proud to say that DrapeStyle’s products are made in the USA.

 

A few examples of DrapeStyle’s American suppliers:

  • In 1889, the F. Schumacher Fabric Company was started in New York.  DrapeStyle carries many of Schumacher’s stunning fabrics.  To this day, F. Schumacher is still a family owned company and continues to be a leader in the fabric industry.
  • The Robert Allen fabric company was started over 75 years ago in Massachusetts and continues to reside there today.
  • We have many suppliers from small fabric companies in Southern California.
  • Our linings and interlinings are made by Hanes, right here in the USA.
  • DrapeStyle uses Sunbrella fabrics for our outdoor drapes and pillows.  Sunbrella features sun and water resistant fabrics in a rich array of colors, and it is manufactured in North Carolina.
  • Our hardware is hand forged in Los Angeles by artisans who pride themselves in creating products by hand.

So as you can see, we support many local American companies by using them as suppliers for our finished products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need more great reasons to buy “Made in the USA” products?

  • When you buy American made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy.  The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you just purchased!
  • American manufacturers abide by strict regulations to protect the environment.  These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries manufacturing and importing their goods into the USA causing massive pollution and environmental abuse.
  • Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions.  By keeping our dollars in the USA, we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).
  • Quicker turn around times.  Everything is here so that means it gets made more quickly, and gets shipped to you more quickly!

 

Nothing at DrapeStyle is “ready-made”.  Custom draperies take a little more time, cost a little more money, but we think it’s worth it.  And most importantly, all of our drapes, curtains, roman shades and pillows are made from the highest quality materials, right here in the USA, by a team of professionals that have an average of 25 years experience.  We hope you have as deep as a commitment to American-made products as we do.

 
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Guaranteed Chanukah Delivery on Custom Drapes!

 

The Linen Hotel Drape in Eggshell with Silver Banding and Inverted Pleat

Order by October 16th for Guaranteed Holiday Delivery!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows or drapery hardware before the holidays?    Before you know it out of town relatives and friends will be dropping by for holiday merriment.  There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.  And if you order by October 16th, you are guaranteed Chanukah delivery for a flat fee of $21.99.*

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DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen and Kravet.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.

 

So if you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, start by addressing fabrics (or lack thereof).  Fabrics can add texture and color to a room, and you won’t find a better selection or better customer service than at DrapeStyle.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle was awarded the Best of Houzz customer service award for 2015.

If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order to insure delivery by Chanukah.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 16th and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed UPS ground delivery by Chanukah for only $21.99.*

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DrapeStyle Luxe Custom Drapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Standard UPS ground delivery for all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces applies to in stock fabrics for custom drapes and roman shades only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges.  $50 discount requires $999 minimum order, new orders only.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Offer expires October 16, 2015.

 

Tis the Season for Custom Outdoor Drapery!

Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy your outdoor space than decorating with new custom outdoor drapery, pillows and curtains from DrapeStyle.  At DrapeStyle we have been making outdoor curtains and drapes for years and no one can transform your outdoor space better than the combination of DrapeStyle and fabrics by Sunbrella and Schumacher.  And, with our current sale pricing on all of our outdoor drapery you will not find better values anywhere online or in one of the big-box retailers.

 

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle

Transform Your Outdoor Space with Custom Drapery and Pillows by DrapeStyle

Selecting the Proper Grommets for Custom Drapery

You would think that all Grommets are created equal.  The truth is, that if you are buying your drapery from most of the larger retailers than, they probably are.  Not at DrapeStyle though.  We buy all of our Grommets from the premium supplier in the US for drapery supplies.  They sell a range of quality (and priced) grommets.  I would bet that most manufacturers are simply going to buy the cheapest and at nearly $1.00 per grommet it hard to blame them.  At DrapeStyle we only buy the best grommets available, period.  Our grommets are heavy weights.  They won’t bend very easily or crack.  Nothing worse than buying gorgeous silk drapes and having a grommet crack and tear the silk fabric.  Ruining one set of silk drapery is going to offset any savings you are going to get from buying cheap grommets for a long time.

For our Outdoor Drapery we use very thick grommets that are made of 100% brass.  Brass is resistant to corrosion and will not tarnish like most every other metal.  If you are buying any Outdoor Drapes from anyone, please insist that the grommets are made of Brass.  Our Brass Grommets can be powder coated in a variety of finishes.

Outdoor Drapes at DrapeStyle

Well it sure is Outdoor Drapery Season here at DrapeStyle! It seems like we go right from the Holiday Season to the Outdoor Season but we sure do love it. In case you weren’t aware well sell amazing custom Outdoor Drapes and we feature only the best Sunbrella Fabrics. Another great feature of our Outdoor Drapery is the weight that we sew into the bottom of each panel. The weight is actually a long thin flexible weighted rope that holds the drapery panel down so it doesn’t blow to excessively in the breeze. We also use weather resistant poly buckram at the header (top of the panel) and polymer thread which is also weather resistant. If you like to add grommets to your outdoor drapes we offer 100% brass grommets in a Matt-nickel finish and black finish. You are simply not going to find these quality details in any outdoor drapery you buy from any Online Retailer or Department Store!

 

 

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

Custom Striped Outdoor Drapes

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Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Custom Outdoor Drapes in Sunbrella Fabrics at DrapeStyle

Designers Guide to Drapery Pleat Styles

Wow, custom drapes can really cost a fortune. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to Professional Interior Designers or Decorators to help them make the “right” choices when it comes to selecting their window treatments. When considering custom drapes there are a few very important components to consider, one of them is your “pleat style”. What is a “pleat” you ask? The “Pleat” or as it is often referred to as the “heading’ is the top of the drapery panel that attaches to the drapery rod or track. For literally hundreds of years this drapery headings have been “decorated” into a variety of styles that range from very classic or traditional to modern and contemporary. Let’s walk through each of the most common pleat styles for custom drapes and help you find the “right” one for your home.

The “Flat Pleat” or “Flat Panel”. A Flat drapery panel is one that does not have a pleat at the top of the drape. This is the most basic of drapery panel and is very common. With a flat panel you will attach the panel to the current rod using drapery pins which are attached to the back of the panel. The flat panel is considered to be very relaxed and casual and is often used for light weight fabrics in informal rooms. Think, a soft blowing sheer linen drapery panel in a beach cottage.

The “Rod-Pocket” Drapery Panel. A Rod-Packet panel is a Flat panel but instead of attaching to a rod by pinning it using drapery hooks, the panel is slid over the rod using a “pocket” which is sewn into the panel. While still a very casual look, the rod-pocket will remain affixed to the rod and will not “billow” like a flat panel will. A Rod-Pocket panel is the most common type of panel that you will find in your “big box” retail store. Designers will generally shy-away from Rod-Pocket Panels as they are considered to look and be “cheap” in most circles.
The “French Pleat”. So now we are moving into the more intricate pleat styles that you will find in most high-end drapery retailers. The French Pleat is extremely classic and features a fluted fold at the top of the panel which is “tacked” about three inches down from the top. The result is a fluted, almost floral looking fold that has been popular since the 17th Century. The French Pleat is considered more formal and ornate and you will find many a European Castle plenty of French Pleated Silk Drapes in their windows.
The “Parisian Pleat”. A close relative to the French Pleat is the Parisian Pleat. Like the French Pleat, the Parisian Pleat featured a three-finger fluted fold at the top of the pleat. With the Parisian Pleat, however, the fold is tacked at the top of the pleat as opposed to the bottom. The result is a “pinched” looking floral pleat where the folds are gathered at the top. This “Pinch” feature is why the Parisian Pleat is also often times referred to as a “Pinch Pleat”.
The “Inverted Pleat”. Both the Parisian Pleat and French Pleat are considered very traditional and classic. The Inverted Pleat, however, is more contemporary and modern. The Inverted Pleat is where the Seamstress creates inverted folds at the top of the drape and then stitches them from the rear of the drapery panel. The result is a very clean looking and highly tailored drapery pleat that is very “classy” but also very modern and elegant. The Inverted Pleat is used with many different types of fabrics.
The “Cartridge Pleat”. A Cartridge Pleat is formed by creating rolls in the drapery fabric which are sew into round, cylindrical cartridges. The cartridges are generally 2-3 inches in diameter and are stuffed with a pillow fill material or paper. The resulting “cartridge” is typically 4-6 inches long and they are spaced apart to match the materials pattern.
The “Grommet Pleat”. The most contemporary of all drapery pleats would have to be a “Grommet Pleat”. Grommets are usually made of brass to resist corrosion, especially when used for custom outdoor drapes and can range in size from less than an inch is diameter to over 4 inches in diameter. Drapery panels featuring grommets can be challenging to open and close and the drapery provider will often recommend a “drapery wand” to help you slide the drapery panel open and closed.

While these are the most common of drapery pleats, there are literally dozens more. Pleats that feature buttons, tabs and ribbons are common and will usually be specified by your Designer or Decorator. The most important factor in selecting the correct pleat for you drapes is to be sure that you are working with a competent Professional who can help guide you through your wide range of options. Today, custom drapes are extremely expensive and it is much better to do your homework in advance.

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New Fabric Arrivals at DrapeStyle

We are getting some great new fabrics in all of the time at DrapeStyle.  We recently got some new Sunbrella Fabrics for our line of Custom Outdoor Drapery and Pillows.  Keep in mind, you can always use this versatile Sunbrella Fabric for almost any application including interior Roman Shade and Roller Shades.

Custom Outdoor Drapery in Sunbrella Walnut

We feature Sunbrella Fabrics for all of our Custom Outdoor Drapery and Shades.

Outdoor Drapery Time Again?

I know it’s crazy to start thinking about Outdoor Drapery again.  After all it’s not even Christmas yet.  You know that as soon as the Holidays are over you’ll start thinking about Spring and getting your house ready for outdoor entertaining.  This really is the best time of year to buy your outdoor drapery when you are not in a panic to get them installed.  Order now and you can really take your time.

At DrapeStyle we have dozens of great outdoor fabrics to choose from.  You probably already know Sunbrella for great outdoor fabrics but we have some great contemporary designer outdoor fabrics as well.  Remember, we can also make your custom outdoor pillows to match!